Tux Fights Bux for the Soul of India
Is India literally a battleground for the war between Open Source and
Microsoft? Reading through this list of recent articles indicates that
it is. One of the more interesting factoids – Gates is spending four
times as much on fighting Linux as he is on fighting AIDS… Read the full
article at The Linux Journal
A whole set of contacts for the Asian Social Forum at Hyderabad in
January 2003. Thanks to a friend, Juha Rekola (former journalist in
India) from Finland. We *really must* try to have some presence
there for the FSF-India. What say? FN
PS: Linking up the Free Software world with NGOs could make for a
powerful alliance... The Free Software debate has important
implications to currently-accepted (?) norms regarding the ownership
of 'intellectual property'....
On Tuesday 26 November 2002 15:08, you wrote:
> Hi Fred,
> Check http://www.wsfindia.org/
> They have an register your event -form at
> WSF Hyderabad
> 1st Floor, Green Channel
> opp. Nasar High School,
> Khairatabad, Hyderabad - 500 007
> Andhra Pradesh, India.
> Ph: 91-40-3392726.
> Email: wsfhyd(a)hotmail.com
> WSF India Secretariat
> 204, Elite House,
> 36 Community Centre, Zamrudpur,
> New Delhi - 110048
> Phones: 91-11-6476580, 6473425
> email: wsfindia(a)vsnl.net
> Just got the following invitation from a good friend of mine, JP
> (Jayaprakash) from Delhi Science Forum, who might be/know a
> contact in this. jpdsf(a)hotmail.com
> Another friend, Jai Sen, whom you also knew, was in the interim
> secretariat formed last April. (He will be travelling, and I'll
> probably meet him on the 4th. Send him e-mail to both
> jai_sen2000(a)yahoo.com and jai.sen(a)vsnl.com ) So was Vijay Pratap
> of CSDE. Send the same to vijaypratap(a)vsnl.net
> Say Hello from me to all these.
> From: WSFINDIA <discuss(a)wsfindia.org>
> Reply-To: WSFINDIA <discuss(a)wsfindia.org>
> Subject: Invitation for Asian Social Forum 2003
> Date: 22 Nov 2002 11:18:41 -0000
> Dear Friends,
> Greetings from WSF-India.
> We take great pleasure in inviting you and your organisations to
> participate in the Asian Social Forum that is being held in
> Hyderabad from 2nd – 7th January, 2003.As you might be aware, the
> Asian Social Forum is a follow up of the two successful World
> Social Forum events organised in Porto Alegre and the decision to
> have regional and thematic events.
> The Asian Social Forum (ASF), being organised by WSF India, will
> be held in the city of Hyderabad, in the Southern Indian State of
> Andhra Pradesh between January 2nd to 7th, 2003. It is an open
> forum: the only criteria is that the participants be opposed to
> imperialist globalisation as well as religious sectarian violence,
> and have a commitment to democratic values, plurality and peace.
> We hope that the ASF will provide an inspiring space where
> movements/ organizations/ groups/individuals / will come in from
> all over India and Asia to carry the message of the World Social
> Forum. We expect about 7000 delegates to participate in the ASF,
> out of which about 1000 would be from outside India. Organisations
> both in India and Asia and also the rest of the world, are invited
> to participate by organising conferences, seminars and workshops
> broadly falling under the themes of the ASF.
> Main Themes of the ASF are the following:
> · Peace and Security
> · Debt, Development and Trade
> · Nation State, Democracy and Exclusions
> · Ecology, Culture and Knowledge
> · Social Infrastructure, Planning and Cooperation
> · Alternatives and Peoples Movements.
> The events that are envisaged over a period of 6 days, from 2nd to
> 7th January are:
> · 2 public/ plenary sessions, i.e. opening session on 2nd
> afternoon/evening and closing session on 7th morning.
> · 2 conferences daily (total 6-8)
> · 25 parallel seminars daily (total 50-100)
> · Up to 50 workshops daily (total 100-200)
> · Testimonials, and open "spaces" for mass movements
> · A Youth Camp
> · Cultural Events
> · Film Festival
> The Opening and Closing plenary session will be open to the public
> and will be organized on 2nd (afternoon-evening) and 7th (morning)
> We hope that you and your organisation will participate in the
> Asian Social Forum event. More details of the event including
> organising seminars and workshops, registration details, etc., cab
> be found in the website www.wsfindia.org. Please write to us for
> any further details that you may require. Those who would like to
> be kept informed about the Asian Social Forum event can do so by
> going to the website and registering for the Asia Social Forum
> newsletter or giving a mail to wsfindia(a)vsnl.net
> Do circulate this mail to other organisations or individuals that
> may be interested in the Asian Social Forum event in Hyderabad.
> You can log on to our website <www.wsfindia.org? for delegate
> registration and other information. The registration fees need to
> be paid at the conference venue only. The registration amount is
> Rs.100/- per delegate.
> Thanking you
> WSF-India Secretariat
> 204 Elite House
> 36, Community Centre
> Zamrudpur, G.K.-I
> New Delhi-110048
> Tel : 011-6221870, 6285744
> Email : <wsfindia(a)vsnl.net>
> Url : <www.wsfindia.org>
BOSTON GLOBE: FREE SOFTWARE VS. GOLIATHS
"Still, the money's going to the Free Software Foundation, the
Cambridge nonprofit group that might be termed the Vatican of
the open-source software movement. Moglen's been fighting the
foundation's legal battles for years, free of charge. You'd
think that would be enough of a contribution..."
COMMUNITY: PROTEST LAUNCHED AGAINST MICROSOFT IN KERALA,
Members of FSUG-Kochi have submitted a memorandum to the
Government of Kerala, one of India's states, protesting the
use of Microsoft software in India's IT@SCHOOL project. This
memorandum is linked within.
This was out on linuxtodaynews
I am sorry ,am not updated for a long time.
Thanks for pointing that out.
I got a cross reference from savannah.gnu.org pointing to the
Deciding that a program is GNU software does not necessarily
require transferring copyright to the FSF; that is a separate
question. If you transfer the copyright to the FSF, the FSF will
enforce the GPL for the program if someone violates it; if you
keep the copyright, enforcement will be up to you.
On Tue, 26 Nov 2002 Baiju M wrote :
> > If you want your software to be part of GNU tree you have to
> > transfer the copyright to FSF.
> > This is required to safegaurd the original intention of
> > your software free(as in freedom).
>No, its not required to transfer copyright to FSF.
>Fsf-friends mailing list
This is in reference to the message posted by Mr.Tarun Gaur.
Tarun i would like to highlight the difference between an official
GNU software or normal software under GPL.
If you want your software to be part of GNU tree you have to
transfer the copyright to FSF.
This is required to safegaurd the original intention of keeping
your software free(as in freedom).
Hope this helps
More points are welcome
Quite a story! Reminds one of RMS labelling such organisations as
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Nine-year jail term for U.S. software piracy accused
By Vasantha Arora, Indo-Asian News Service
Washington, Nov 26 (IANS) A 52-year-old Taiwanese woman has been sentenced
to nine years in prison for one the largest software piracy cases in the
The sentence for Lisa Chen was one of the longest prison terms in the U.S.
for a case involving software theft.
Chen was arrested along with three associates in November last year after
county officials seized hundreds of thousands of copies of pirated software
worth more than $75 million that the four were believed to have smuggled
into the country from Taiwan, the district attorney for the county of Los
Symantec, whose software was involved in the smuggling operation, later put
the value of the software at $98 million, according to media and PC
The pirated software included copies of Microsoft's Windows XP and Office
2000 desktop software, as well as Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software, the
district attorney's office said.
More than 600,000 units of Symantec's software alone were seized in the
raid, according to Symantec. The forgeries were apparently of high quality
and came with professionally printed packaging as well as manuals and user
Chen was apprehended when she drove up to a warehouse that police were
searching for evidence. Her business was located in Alhambra, part of
greater Los Angeles. The car Chen was driving was filled with copies of
counterfeited software, according to published reports.
Chen, who listed her residence in New Jersey at the time of her arrest, was
described by law enforcement officials as a "manager" in the smuggling
operation, responsible for distributing the pirated software and collecting
payments from customers.
Chen and her associates were believed to have been importing pirated
software made in Taiwan to the U.S. since 1998, the reports said.
In August, Chen pleaded no contest to one count of failure to disclose the
origin of a recording or product. In return for her plea, Chen was
guaranteed a prison term of no more than nine years.
In addition to her prison sentence, Chen will have to pay $11 million in
restitution to Microsoft and Symantec.
Symantec released a statement expressing satisfaction with the ruling and
warning of the dangers of buying and using pirated software.
"The successful prosecution of this case is a tremendous step forward by law
enforcement authorities and the combined efforts of the software industry
towards stopping the proliferation of illegal copying and distribution of
software," Symantec said.
Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.
The software seizure was one of the largest in U.S. history.
It was the result of an 18-month undercover investigation by the U.S.
Customs Service and the Southern California Regional High Tech Task Force,
the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
--Indo-Asian News Service
Your concerns are very good. Be rest assured we are not interested in
keeping any rights with ourselves. We firmly believe in free software.
For the first project that we are undertaking, we intend to keep it under
GNU Lesser General Public License.
The reasons are very simple and straight. We do not intend to restrict
anyone from using the software for any reason.
As for "Linux Internet Information Server", it is something that is widely
available on other platforms. Allowing all the (linux) variants to use it
with for sure further the cause of Linux.
Please let me know of your opinions and we can discuss on the liscencing
issue as well. Infact we can collectively decide.
Tarun Gaur ...
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